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Find a Book Festival

Scotland is a nation of readers and boasts more than 40 book and literary festivals held throughout the year from Stornoway to the Scottish Borders and from Skye to Aberdeen.

We aim to collate a full, up-to-date list of all the book festivals so please let us know if there are any events that should be included or details to be updated via email on admin@literaturealliancescotland.co.uk or on Twitter @LitScotland.

Happy reading around the nation!

 

Book Festivals in Scotland

MONTHDATEEVENTTWITTERWEBSITE
FEBRUARY2-18 Feb 2018Winter Words Festival
Pitlochry
@PITLOCHRYftpitlochryfestivaltheatre.com
2-4 Feb 2018Further From Festival
Linlithgow
@Furtherfrommaddingcrowdlinlithgow.com
23-25 Feb 2018Granite Noir
Aberdeen
@GraniteNoirFest
#GraniteNoirFest
aberdeenperformingarts.com/granitenoir
24 Feb 2018Crime at the Castle
Glamis Castle
Programme
MARCH15-25 Mar 2018Aye Write!
Glasgow's Book Festival
@AyeWrite
ayewrite.com
7-11 Mar 2018StAnza Poetry Festival
Scotland's International Poetry Festival, St Andrews
@StAnzaPoetry
#StAnza18
stanza poetry.org
23-25 Mar 2018Big DoG Children's Book Festival
Wigtown
@BigDog_Fest
Big DoG Festival PDF
APRILBIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival
Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway
biglit.org
26 Apr - 6 May 2018TradFest
Annual showcase of TRACS tradition arts and culture Scotland, Edinburgh
@TradFestEd
tracscotland.org
28 & 29 April 2018Colonsay Book Festival@ColonsayBookFes
#CBF18
colonsaybookfestival.org.uk
MAYOff the Page
Stirling
@CultureStirling
culturestirling.org/off-the-page/
4-6 May 2018Boswell Book Festival
Dumfries House, Ayrshire
@bozzyfest
boswellbookfestival.co.uk
11-27 May 2018Southside Fringe Festival
Glasgow's Southside
@KeepItSouth
southsidefringe.com
17-19 MayBooked! ReimagiNation: Glenrothes@edbookfest
booked.edbookfest.co.uk
Coastward
Dunbar
@CoastWordFest

coastward.co.uk
May Festival
University of Aberdeen
abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival
11-13 May 2018Ullapool Book Festival
Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands
@UllapoolBookFesullapoolbookfestival.co.uk
JUNE14-17 June 2018Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival
Melrose
@BordersBookFest
#bordersbookfest18
bordersbookfestival.org
JULY30 June 2018Glasgow Comic Con
Scotland's Comic Book Festival
@glasgowcomiccon
glasgowcomiccon.com
Scot Lit Fest
Scotland's virtual book festival presented by Saltire Society
@scotlitfest
#scotlitfest
scotlitfest.scot
AUGUSTBute Noir
Crime Writing Festival
Isle of Bute
@ButeNoir
#butenoir
butenoir.co.uk
Fringe by the Sea
North Berwick
@fringebythesea2
fringebythesea.com
31 Aug - 9 Sept 2018McLellan Art Festival, Arran
Celebrating late great Scottish dramatist and short story writer Robert McLellan
arrantheatreandarts.co.uk/mclellan-festival
11-27 Aug 2018
Edinburgh International Book Festival@edbookfest
#edbookfest
edbookfest.co.uk
25 & 26 Aug 2018Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought
@BeyondBorders__
beyondbordersscotland.com
Skye Book Festival@SkyeBookFest
skyebookfestival.co.uk
SEPTEMBER21-23 Sept 2018Bloody Scotland
Scotland's international crime writing festival, Stirling
@BloodyScotland
#bloodyscotland
bloodyscotland.com
Spirit of Moray Book Festival
Elgin
@librariesmoray
#SpiritofMoray
11-16 Sept 2018Nairn Book & Arts Festival
Inverness
@Nairn_Festival
nairnfestival.co.uk
28-30 Sept 2018Tidelines
Irvine, North Ayrshire
@TidelinesFest
tidelinesbookfest.com
Byres Road Book Festival
Glasgow's West End
@byresrdbookfestbyresroadbookfestival.com
21-30 Sep 2018Wigtown Book Festival
Scotland's national book town's literary festival
@WigtownBookFest
#wigtown
wigtownbookfestival.com
Bookends
Benderloch, Oban
Facebook
27-30 Sept 2018Islay Book Festival@islaybookfestislaybookfestival.co.uk
28-29 Sep 2018Three Lochs Book & Arts Festival
Strontian
threelochs.co.uk
OCTOBERthroughout OctImprint Book Festival
East Ayrshire
Ness Book Fest
Inverness
@NessBookFest1
nessbookfest.wordpress.com
5-7 Oct 2018Bookmark
Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens, Perth & Kinross
@bookmarkblair
bookmarkblair.com
19-21 Oct 2018Berwick Literary Festival@BerwickLitFest
berwickliteraryfestival.com
Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Edinburgh
@ScotStoryCentre
scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk
Faclan Hebridean Book Festival
An Lanntair, Stornoway
@anlanntair
lanntair.com
Tarbert Book Festival
Argyll
@TarbertBookFesttarbertbookfestival.org
NOVEMBERWordplay
Shetland Arts' annual book festival
@ShetlandArtswww.shetlandarts.org
A Write Highland Hoolie!
Mallaig's Book Festival
@WriteHoolie
a-write-highland-hoolie.com
week around 13 Nov Robert Louis Stevenson Day
Annual week of events in Edinburgh and online in run up to RLS' birthday on 13 Nov
#RLSDay
Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival
Argyll & Bute
@coveburghhall
coveburghhall.org.uk
Book Week Scotland
Scotland-wide, brought to you by Scottish Book Trust
@BookWeekScotbookweekscotland.com